MADRID, 2 Sep. (CultureLeisure) –
The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power They have already arrived on Amazon Prime Video. In addition to resuming a few faces already known as Galadriel or Elrond, it has also introduced many new characters. And, without a doubt, one of the most mysterious is The Stranger, played by Daniel Wayman.
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The first episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power concludes with a shooting star that makes its way through the sky of Middle-earth while the protagonists observe her. The meteor hits Rhovanionthe settlement of the Pelososos, and is discovered by Nori (Markella Kavenagh) and her best friend, Poppy (Megan Richards) that at the scene of the collision they run into a half-naked man with long gray hair and a beard.
On several occasions the series hints that the Stranger could be evil or related to Sauron. In fact, when it crashes to the ground, Nori comments that the fire around the crater is not hot, referencing a scene from the first episode in which Galadriel say what “The place they’re in is so evil that even their torches don’t give off heat.”
In addition, there is a moment in which The Stranger begins to draw on the earth, apparently what appears to be Sauron’s symbol which appears in the first chapter. The second episode reveals some of the character’s abilities. The protagonist screams and shakes the trees, causing large shadows to cascade around, and is then seen picking up some fireflies and placing them in the sky like stars. The Stranger speaks in the second episode, pronounced “mana” and “úre”. These are two elvish words that apparently translate to “What is heat?”.
With all these clues on the table, and waiting for the series to progress, various theories have already emerged about who this mysterious character could be.
THE STRANGER IS SAURON
It’s known that Sauron will appear, in some of his formsin the series and the first two episodes suggest, in some of the passages already mentioned, that he could be The Stranger. His arrival exactly coincides with Galadriel’s choice to leave Valinor because decides to defeat Sauron. For her, making this decision at the same time that Sauron returns to Middle-earth would be very wise.
In addition, it must be taken into account that some of the powers and abilities displayed thus far by The Stranger match Sauron’s status as a Maiar, particularly when it comes to flames. Another important sign is the linden leaf that falls before Gil-Galad just as The Stranger arrives. The underside of the blade is black, as if responding to this new evil presence in Middle-earth. There are those who even point out, to support this theory, that the constellations that The Stranger forms for Nori could lead to the place where Sauron intends to regroup his armies and create Mordor later in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
THE STRANGER IS GANDALF
Some say that The Stranger could actually be Gandalf, given that the series has already featured younger versions of other characters like Galadriel and Elrond. This theory states that before Gandalf appeared in Middle-earth in the Third Age, he was known by another name: Olórin. he was a spirit Maiar who exercised control over fire, just as The Stranger does by appearing among the flaming remains of the meteorite without being burned.
Also, another clue could be in the capacity that the disoriented personage shows to speak with the fireflies, since Gandalf possessed the ability to communicate with Eagles and other animals. What’s more, in Peter Jackson’s trilogy you can also communicate with a moth to help precisely summon the colossal winged creatures and escape Isengard and the clutches of Saruman.
THE STRANGER IS ANOTHER WIZARD
And if Gandalf is a possibility to explain the character’s identity, other notable wizards in Tolkien’s works, such as the aforementioned Saruman the White or Radagast the Brown, they are too. But the most probable theory is that it will not be a well-known magician, but another magical being with links related to these already gelendary characters.
THE STRANGER IS A BLUE WIZARD
In Tolkien’s mythology, wizards are not just humans who know and practice magic, but spirits called Maiar, sent by the Valar to help people in times of need. The arrival of the character just at the moment when the Rings of Power will be forged seems ideal. It is known that at least two Maiar are present at the time of the Second Age in which the series is set and they were known as the Blue Wizards. It would not be strange, precisely, that The Stranger was one of them.